American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Editor’s note:
Information for each candidate, including biographical information, qualifications and reasons for seeking office is published below and in the December issue of Counseling Today. Online voting for all ACA, division and region elections will begin Dec. 1. The following answers are published as the candidates submitted them. They have not been edited.



Michael Hartley

Rehabilitation counseling has reached a new stage in its evolution, and as the field continues to unfold and expand, I welcome the opportunity to serve as President-Elect. If elected, I would engage the ARCA Board and its membership to strengthen the core mission of ARCA to promote excellence in counseling. One commitment of my service will involve exploring and presenting how the knowledge, skills and attitudes of rehabilitation counseling are complimentary to those of mental health counseling. This is an expertise necessary for new graduates interested in licensure, and represents an area in which rehabilitation counseling can lead in the contributions of counseling. An Associate Professor at The University of Arizona, I have been active as a counselor and a CRC since 2001, working with exceptional rehabilitation counselors skilled at counseling, case management, consultation, and assessment, and advocacy. I have witnessed the importance of rehabilitation counseling across contexts. I have collaborated with Centers of Independent Living to assist individuals who met a nursing home level of care to remain in their communities. I have collaborated with counselors working with veterans with disabilities. Most recently, I had the honor of serving as co-editor of the 2018 edition of The Professional Practice of Rehabilitation Counseling and as a CRCC taskforce member on the committee to revise the 2017 Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors. I have been a member of ACA and ARCA since 2004, serving on ARCA awards committees and participating on the committee that revised the ACA Code of Ethics in 2005. I value the historic work and nature of the relationship between ACA and ARCA, and welcome the opportunity to mobilize and rise to the challenge of leadership in infusing information about disability into the curricula of all counselor education programs as CACREP moves forward with that commitment.

Governing Council Representative

Paige Dunlap

ARCA has a rich history in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Its dedication to helping spread the word about our profession as rehabilitation counselors is unmatched. ARCA has paved the way for many other organizations to take a closer look at how to best serve individuals with disabilities. In recognizing this dynamic history, I seek to continue my role in the position of Governing Council Representative for a second term. Our profession as rehabilitation counselors is changing and evolving. Given this, my continued goal is to work as a liaison, providing a voice for our division. Collaborating with other divisions and ACA as a whole, would provide an excellent platform to consolidate our interests and visions with more widespread implementation. I am committed to expressing the challenges and concerns that we face as a division, while offering supportive suggestions and strategies to achieve not only our division goals, but the larger vision of ACA. I believe that in order to be progressive in this position, my goal must also involve willingness to think critically and recognize areas of improvement within our division. This process cannot be done alone. It will be necessary to ask and reflect upon the distinguished opinions of colleagues representing other divisions to help ARCA continue to meet and exceed our expectations for divisional quality and caliber. My goal is to be an advocate for our members and the clients we serve. I will continue to help develop our objective of increasing the understanding of our specialty area of counseling. As our field evolves, so must ARCA. Continuation of projects and the development of new objectives are all on the horizon for the coming years! It would be an honor to continue to serve as a part of the ARCA leadership team during this time.

David B. Peterson

I have been a counselor educator for over 20 years, specializing in both rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling. I have served ARCA as Chair for the Council on Research and Knowledge, and was the ARCA representative to the Council on Rehabilitation Education. I would like rehabilitation counseling to become better integrated into the ACA, and this office may allow me to facilitate that goal.

Council on Research and Knowledge

Matthew Sprong

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Maureen McGuire-Kuletz

During my professional life, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of counseling settings and positions as an administrator, educator and practitioner. As the Chair of the ARCA Council on Research and Knowledge, I look forward to supporting and advancing the quality of ARCA’s publications and the integrity of our research awards. Promoting and disseminating rehabilitation research is critical to fostering greater field involvement and improving counseling services. With my previous outreach and publication experience, I feel that I can fully support and foster ARCA’s scholarship. I appreciate the opportunity to bring my expertise to this position and thank you for considering my nomination to this important position.

Council on Organization, Administration and Management

Mary C. Crites

It is a great honor to be nominated for the position of Chair of Organization, Administration, and Management on the ARCA Board. It is a responsibility of every Certified Rehabilitation Counselor to provide a voice to our profession; and to the consumers we serve. Based on professional and personal experiences, I am convinced of the necessity to provide avenues for supporting colleagues in the field, encouraging participation in professional organizations that promote continuing educational opportunities, researching best practices, and mentoring clinicians entering or re-entering the rehabilitation counseling profession.

Valerie Russell

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